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Return from SSA

In the last post on Pipe Network Part Matching, we discussed what happens to the STM parts as they enter into the world of Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Sewer.  For now let us say we completed the design and the analysis.  Ultimately, we don’t want to hand the technician the reams of paper that was generated or take the dialog boxes and manually mark up plan sheet in Red Sharpie.  Pens are cheap, but come on!

We want to preserve that precious time and data and seamlessly import that analysis back into AutoCAD Civil 3d. 

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Pipe Network Part Matching

Kevin Clark did a post earlier this year on “When a Pipe Network Structure isn’t a Pipe Network Structure”.  Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis (SSA) uses the STM file format as the mechanism for exporting a Civil 3d pipe networks out for consumption with SSA and the return trip back into Civil 3d – these settings within the command setting become critical.   Kevin’s focus was on Civil 3d 2010 and what it did during the export to Hydraflow Storm Sewer.   Let us take it one step farther – Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis.

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Please Welcome SITEOPS as Our Sponsor

I’m proud to announce that has take on our first official sponsor: SITEOPS, Site Engineering Software. Over the past few months, you’ve seen some posts from Dave Settlemyer, P.E. from SITEOPS, and you’ll be seeing more in the future. I’ve been in discussion with the folks at SITEOPS for some time. I think more readers should know more about their software, and they would obviously love to hear from you. Please, do me a favor,  click on that link and let them you know appreciate their support for high quality Civil-related blogging. has always prided itself on independence, and that doesn’t change. What this sponsorship does do is allow me to keep the lights on and reward the authors once in a while for all their hard work. If you’d like to be part of the Authoring team here, just shoot me an e-mail, wedding@ this domain. Thanks for reading, and thanks to all my friends at SITEOPS for being our first official sponsor. We appreciate your support!

New Directions in Engineering Software

As civil engineering technology requirements expand and evolve, so does the software needed to support this growth. Today’s design tools are getting smarter and helping us as engineers to be more creative.

I wanted to share some recent articles with you that explain why SITEOPS is getting so much attention in such a short time. In the latest CE News, Bob Drake writes about the future of design software, as seen by some of the leading software companies.  In this week’s ENR, Tom Sawyer talks about how Little Diversified (based in Charlotte, NC) was able to use SITEOPS to save Siemens about $100,000 in site cost, and to help them identify optimal placement for a building.  These are the kind of results that users of SITEOPS see every day and why they are winning projects.  If you would like to read these articles, I have attached shortlinks below.



SITEOPS has quickly risen to the top of a long list of engineering software that is leading the civil engineering community into the future, but the technology is only part of the story. The team at SITEOPS is known for listening to our users and the engineering industry, constantly adding tools that will help you make better decisions faster. We invite you to learn about our software and give us YOUR feedback.

If anyone wants to see more about SITEOPS, please visit us at

How SITEOPS software fits into your Civil 3D workflow!

Hi everyone! My name is David Settlemyer, PE, PLS and I’ve been invited to be an occasional contributor on My posts will mainly focus on issues around SITEOPS software. I joined the SITEOPS team around two years ago, after seeing the software in action. To my joy I found out that the headquarters was mere miles from where I was working.  As an engineer in the business for the last 18 years, doing everything from being a company owner to working for a national developer, I was pleased to see a software dedicated to helping solve the risk and pain in land development for engineers and land developers.

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